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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - April 6, 1992 - Page 5

Rookies compare
Michigan to UNLV
by Albert Lin
and John Niyo
Daily Basketball Writers
Michigan's precocious rookies raised some eyebrows yesterday
when they insinuated that they want to win tonight partly to avenge
UNLV's loss toDuke in last year's semifinals.
"When I was in high school, I had a lot of faith in UNLV," Jalen
Rose said. "I felt I was part of the team and it hurt me when they lost
almost as much as it hurt them. So I think that is a factor.
"They played with a lot of heart," he added. "They could hurt you
from the inside and the outside. They were always being questioned just
like we are. But we overcame that, just like they did."
Chris Webber agreed, though he cautioned that the Wolverines
want to win for themselves, first and foremost.
"I can relate a lot more to UNLV than I can to a Michigan or a
Duke," Webber said. "Not because of the academics, or anything like
that. But just because of the makeup of the players.
"I remember people criticizing (former UNLV forward) Larry
Johnson, because every time he scored, he would smile. That's the
same thing I do. I remember (former Rebel center) George Ackles was
screaming on every rebound. That's the same thing Juwan (Howard)
"We don't do it because of them, though. I think the biggest reason
we relate to them is because they had fun no matter what they did."
Webber thinks that he was not alone in his thinking.
"My friends at home, not because of the baggy shorts or the run-
and-gun style of play - I think a lot of people in the inner-city related
to that and to UNLV," Webber added. "I think a lot of kids in the inner-
city - I know when I go back to Detroit - they look at us just like we
did to UNLV because we have fun."
WHO DO YA TRUST?: Despite his heroics Saturday, James Voskuil
made a play as time ran down that almost gave Cincinnati new life.
Voskuil fouled Nick Van Exel on a three-pointer with 19 second left
and Michigan up 76-69. The shot dropped pulling the Bearcats within
four and a free throw attempt to follow.
Voskuil stood in disbelief but Jalen Rose came over to comfort him.
Rose spoke into Voskuil's ear for a bit and then did the same with Chris
What did Rose say to Voskuil? It depends who you listen to.
"I just told him that he was having a great game and don't worry about
it because were taking this game home," Rose said.
Not quite according to Voskuil.
"He said, 'They're just gonna foul me and I'm going to make two free
throws and no one will remember the foul'."
MAKING HISTORY: Duke is in its fifth straight Final Four and its
third consecutive title game, making it only the fourth school in history to
play in the championship three straight years. Ohio State (1960-62),
Cincinnati (1961-63), and UCLA (1967-73) are the three who have done
it thus far.
The Blue Devils are also bidding to become the first repeat champions
since UCLA won its last of seven in a row from 1967-73.
The other who have done it back-to-back? Oklahoma State in 1945-46;
Kentucky 194849; San Francisco 1955-56; Cincinnati 1961-62; and
UCLA 1964-65 and 1967-73.
ACC EXCELLENCE: If Duke wins tonight the Blue Devils would be-
come the first team since North Carolina in 1982 to start and finish the
regular season at No. 1 and win the NCAA tournament.
Duke would also be the first school since that Carolina squad to win
the title with two or fewer losses.
ALL-TIME ALL-TOURNAMENT: Christian Laettner surpassed Elgin
Baylor this year to become the all-time leading scorer in NCAA tourna-
ment history. He has 288 points in his 22 career games going into
tonight's tilt.
Laettner is also fifth all-time in tournament rebounds with 162 and
second in steals with one less then forward Oklahoma guard Mookie
Blaylock's 32.
Everyone knows Laettner is a great player but reaching the Final Four
in each of your four seasons certainly helps.
WHOSE COACH K?: Everyone knows about the incredible success
Duke has had in the last seven years, making the Final Four in every sea-
son but 1987.
But Michigan coach Steve Fisher has his own remarkable run going.
Fisher has a chance at his second National Championship in only his third

full season at Michigan's helm.
And by beating Cincinnati Saturday, Fisher moved past Ed Jucker -
who ironically coached the Bearcats in the early 60s to two champi-
onships and one second place finish in his first three years - into first
place with the NCAA tournaments highest winning percentage. Fisher is
now 12-1, winning at a .923 clip in his three tournaments.
ANN ARBOR FESTIVITIES: For those fans who are unable to get
tickets or Minneapolis or to make the trip, Crisler Arena will open at 8:30
tonight so people can gather and watch the game on big screen TVs.
In addition, a pep rally will be held tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. at Crisler to
welcome the team home regardless of the outcome of tonight's game. The
Wolverines will go directly from Metro Airport to Crisler and are ex-
pected to ride by 4:30.
Both events are free.
INJURIES: Duke's senior starter Brian Davis will probably watch
what will be his final game as a Blue Devil from the sideline tonight.
Davis suffered a severe high ankle sprain in Saturday's semifinal game
against Indiana.
Sophomore Grant Hill is also banged up, but is expected to play, start-
ing in place of Davis.
"They are going through some treatment, but Brian is very doubtful for
the game," Krzyzewski said. "We will probably get a reading on that
(today). As of right now, I would say that he would not play. Brian has a
high ankle sprain. I haven't seen one for 17 years, and we've had three
this year. He's a tough kid. If it's possible for him to give us some min-
utes, because of his experience, it will help. We can certainly use him."
Howard missed yesterday's press conference as well staying at the
team's hotel in bed sick.
"He was not feeling well before the game," Fisher said. "Hopefully it's
only a 24 hour bug. He's back at the hotel under doctor's orders. He'll
play. Hopefully he'll be 100 percent, but right now we've got two or three
guys coming down with something. Hopefully we'll le ready to go to-
morrow night.
"Juwan had stomach cramps and a little fever," Fisher added. "But
you'd had to shoot Juwan with a gun to keep him from playing."

Voskuil steps up to lead Blue
Junior's (double) clutch play in second half sparks 7-0 run

by Albert Lin
Daily Basketball Writer
throughout the regular season and
NCAA tournament surrounding the
Wolverines has been mostly about
the famed Fab Five.
But coach Steve Fisher said be-
fore the tournament started that in
order for Michigan to advance deep
into the NCAAs, a "Mr. X" would
have to step up and spark the
Wolverines. Last weekend against
Oklahoma State it was Eric Riley;
Saturday night it was junior forward
James Voskuil.
The Grand Rapids, Mich., native
finished with nine points and four re-
bounds in 13 second-half minutes.
He also combined with Ray Jackson
to hold Cincinnati's leading scorer,
Herb Jones, to 14 points on five-for-
13 shooting. '
"I am happier than I've ever been
about my basketball right now," a
smiling Voskuil said after the game.
"I went to a small high school and
was not heavily recruited. But I
wanted to be part of the best. This is
what it's all about."
Never were Voskuil's contribu-
tions more important than during a
1:38 stretch of crunch time.
Michigan had fought back from a
halftime deficit to take a 58-56 lead,
but the Bearcats answered with a
pair of Anthony Buford free throws
to tie the score with 5:58 remaining.
It was then that Voskuil went to

work, igniting a 7-0 Michigan run by
driving the lane and double-clutch-
ing a shot off the glass while getting
"fouled. He. added the free toss 'to
complete the three-point play.
A minute and a half later,
Voskuil rebounded a missed free
throw by Jalen Rose and was fouled
taking the ball aggressively to the
basket. He converted the second of
his two shots to cap the run, giving
Michigan what proved to be an in-
surmountable lead.
"He's a good player," Fisher said.
"He started most of our games last
year ... so it's not like we drugged
him in off the street and brought him
in. He can play."
Michigan also got a boost from
another member of its seeminglylost
junior class. Point guard Michael
Talley provided solid ball handling
in his 13 minutes of action.
"We came off the bench and did
what we had to do," Talley said of
he and his classmate Voskuil.
"I was prepared and Coach knew.
He gave me the opportunity, and I
came through."
Saturday's victory continues to
prove what the rookies have been
saying all year - namely that it
takes a total team effort to consis-
tently come out on top.
"A lot of our bench were starters
last year," frosh Jimmy King said.
"So we have great players confiIg
off the bench and we need that so-
nior, upper-class leadership."

Michigan coach Steve Fisher talks with forward James Voskuil. Voskuil's
three-point play helped key a 7-0 second-half Wolverine run.

Stanford rolls over Lady Toppers, 78-62

Stanford won its second NCAA title
in three years yesterday with one
veteran and one new, fresh face.
Junior center Val Whiting had 17
points and 13 rebounds and fresh-
man forward Rachel Hemmer had 18
points and 15 rebounds as the
Cardinal defeated Western Kentucky
78-62. The victory margin matched
the largest ever in a women's NCAA
championsip game, achieved on
three other occasions.
The Cardinal (30-3) beat the
Lady Toppers (27-8), playing in
their first-ever NCAA championship
game, without hitting a basket in the
final 9:59.
After the Cardinal took its
biggest lead, 65-44, with 10:01 to
play, Western Kentucky capitalized
on turnovers and climbed back into
the game with a 15-3 run, cutting the
lead to nine on Kim Pehlke's fourth
3-pointer of the day and Trina
Wilson's free throw with 2:23 left to
play. The Cardinal made 13 of 17
free throws after hitting its last field

Junior point guard Molly
Goodenbour, a member of
Stanford's 1990 championship team,
was named the tournament's most
outstanding player, with Whiting
and Hemmer making the all-tourney
team, along with Pehlke and
Virginia's Dawn Staley..
Goodenbour had 28 points and 12
assists in the Final Four, hitting four
key 3-pointers in the Cardinal's 66-
65 victory over top-ranked Virginia
in the semifinals.
Pehlke finished with 16 points,
and Lisa Lang added 18 points and
12 rebounds.
Leading 37-27 at the half,
Stanford quickly padded its lead,
moving ahead 59-35 on a three free
throws by Christy Hedgpeth with
13:20 to play. She scored 10 points
during the spurt and finished with
The Cardinal took charge of the
first half with a 15-6 run that turned
a 17-16 Western Kentucky lead into
an eight-point Stanford advantage

with 4:20 left in the half.
Whiting and Hemmer controlled
the inside, and the Lady Toppers
couldn't hit from outside. They shot
28.6 percent from the field in the
Hemmer scored 10 of the
Cardinal's first 18 points and fin-
ished the period with 12. She and
Chris MacMurdo controlled the
boards, combining for 17 rebounds.
The Lady Toppers, who beat
Southwest Missouri State 84-72 in
the semifinals, played in the 1985.
and '86 Final Fours, losing in the
semifinals each time. This year, they
entered the tournament seeded fourth
in the Mideast and upset top-seeded
Kentucky and No. 2 seed Maryland
on the way to Los Angeles.
Stanford, which defeated Auburn
to win the 1990 title, was beaten in
the semis last year by eventual
champion Tennessee.
In Saturday's semifinal, Stanford
edged past No. 1 ranked Virginia,
66-65. The Cardinal took the lead

for good on a Kelly Dougherty free
throw with 26 seconds remaining.
Whiting led Stanford with 28 points
and 12 rebounds.
In the first semifinal, Western
Kentucky defeated Southwest
Missouri State, 84-72. Earlier this
season the Michigan women's team
defeated the Lady Toppers.

Continued from page 1
der. A victory tonight would finally
settle the score.'
Back in December, the resent-
ment carried over to the game in the
form of trash-talking, Webber says
that he looks back - way back - to
that first Duke game.
After one slam, Webber informed
Laettner that he had just been
dunked on by a rookie in front of a

'One time he had a
dunk and said
something like,
'That's how it's done
little kid."
- Chris Webber
Michigan forward
national television audience. And
Laettner had words of his-own for
the upstart frosh.
"One time he had a dunk and said
something like, 'That's how it's
done little kid,"' Webber said.
"But after the game, we congratu-
lated each other. It was all in fun."
Now as the two teams get set to
square off one more time, all eyes
will be focused once again on that
matchup inside.
However, Webber says that it
would be a mistake for him to do the
"I can't make this Chris Webber-
Laettner," Webber said. "It's
And the media is now "looking"


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